We're in the last couple of weeks of school before summer arrives and the kids are home. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson shares some good safety reminders for parents.
Q: I think we all worry our kids are just going to plop in front of the TV for three month, how much time do we need to keep them active?
* Limit screen time
* Sleep is just as important in the summer
* The value of play
* Encourage movement!
o Be without a ceiling
Q: Snacking is a problem for all of us, what do we need to think about when it comes to nutrition for kids now hanging out in the kitchen at home?
* Help kids develop healthy eating habits
o Stock the pantry & fridge with veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy & lean meats
o Limit soda & sugar-sweetened beverage consumption
o Kids will mimic you
* Think 75210
o 7: breakfast 7 days a week
o 5: 5 helpings of fruits and veggies daily
o 2: screen time 2 hours or less
o 1: be active for 1 hour
o 0: cut down on soda and sugary drinks
Q: Do injuries rise in the summer as kids get more active? What do parents need to think about for injury prevention/treatment?
* Think of sun safety
o SPF 30 and up recommended
o Su-protective clothing doubles protection
* Encourage helmet wearing when riding bikes, rollerblading, etc.
* Rise in car accidents
o More teens, bicycles & motorcycles on the road during summer months
o August deadliest month with 3,136 fatal accidents (2013, IIHS)
* Silent danger of drowning
o Kids 1-4 have highest drowning rates
o Cold water in PNW
o Wear life jackets
* Discounted life jackets on sale at Seattle's Green Lake on June 20, July 18 and August 15, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices range from $20 - $30.
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